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Pediatric Dentistry in Farmington Hills

Nurturing Healthy Smiles for Your Little Onesy


Ensuring your child's dental health is essential for their overall well-being and confidence. Pediatric dentistry plays an important role in laying the foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles. From the moment your child's first tooth appears, their oral care journey begins, and understanding the importance of pediatric dentistry can set them on the path to optimal oral health. Our Farmington Hills, MI dentist, Dr. Roman Shlafer, is dedicated to nurturing healthy smiles for your little ones.

To start the journey to a lifetime of healthy smiles for your children, contact our Farmington Hills dental office by calling (248) 781-0040.

What is Pediatric Dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry is a branch of dentistry that specializes in the oral health care of children, from infants to teenagers. Pediatric dentists undergo additional training beyond dental school to understand the unique needs and concerns of young patients. They provide comprehensive dental care, including preventive treatments, early intervention for dental issues, and education on proper oral hygiene habits.

Benefits of Pediatric Dentistry

Regular dental visits for your children have many benefits, including:

  • Early Detection and Intervention: Pediatric dentists can detect dental issues early, preventing them from progressing into more significant problems.
  • Establishing Good Oral Health Habits: Children learn proper brushing, flossing, and dietary habits that promote lifelong oral health.
  • Preventing Dental Anxiety: Regular visits to a pediatric dentist help children become familiar with dental care, reducing fear and anxiety about dental visits in the future.
  • Customized Care: Pediatric dentists tailor their approach to each child's age, developmental stage, and specific dental needs.

Common Dental Problems in Children

  • Tooth Decay: Cavities are a prevalent issue in children due to improper brushing, sugary diets, and inadequate dental hygiene.
  • Malocclusion: Misalignment of teeth or jaws can lead to difficulties in chewing, speaking, and maintaining oral hygiene.
  • Thumb-Sucking: Prolonged thumb-sucking or pacifier use can affect the development of teeth and jaws.
  • Gum Disease: Gingivitis and other gum problems can occur more frequently in children, often due to poor oral hygiene habits.

What to Expect During Your Child's First Dental Visit

During the first dental visit, your Farmington Hills dentist will:

  • Conduct a gentle examination of the child's mouth, teeth, and gums.
  • Assess your child's risk for dental issues and provide preventive care recommendations.
  • Discuss proper oral hygiene practices and dietary habits with you.
  • Address any concerns or questions you may have about your child's dental health.

Oral Hygiene Tips for Kids

To keep your child’s smile as healthy as possible, Dr. Schlafer recommends the following:

  • Brush teeth twice a day using fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss daily to remove plaque and food particles between teeth.
  • Limit sugary snacks and drinks, opting for healthier options like fruits and vegetables.
  • Schedule regular dental check-ups at our Farmington Hills office every six months for preventive care.
Frequently Asked Questions


It is recommended to schedule your child's first dental visit when their first tooth erupts, usually around six months to one year of age. Alternatively, you can schedule the visit by their first birthday. Early dental visits allow the pediatric dentist to monitor the development of your child's teeth and gums, provide guidance on oral care practices, and address any concerns you may have.


Yes, fluoride is safe and beneficial for children when used in appropriate amounts. Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel, making it more resistant to decay. Most tap water sources contain fluoride at optimal levels for dental health. Additionally, fluoride toothpaste is recommended for children as soon as their first tooth erupts.


If your child is afraid of the dentist, try to ease their anxiety by openly discussing their concerns, reassuring them, and offering comfort items such as a favorite toy or blanket. Additionally, consider visiting the dental office beforehand to familiarize your child with the environment, and praise them for brave behavior during their visit.


It is generally recommended for children to visit the dentist every six months for routine check-ups and cleanings. These regular visits allow the pediatric dentist to monitor your child's oral health, track any changes or developments, and provide preventive care to maintain healthy teeth and gums. However, the frequency of dental visits may vary depending on your child's individual needs and risk factors for dental problems.

Experience Gentle Care & Tailored Treatments for Kids

Pediatric dentistry ensures the oral health and well-being of children. By starting dental care early and instilling proper oral hygiene habits, parents can help their children maintain healthy smiles for life. Regular visits to our Farmington Hills, MI dental office provide personalized care and guidance, setting the stage for a lifetime of optimal dental health.

Schedule an appointment for your children by calling (248) 781-0040. Our skilled team is eager to serve Michigan patients in Canton, Plymouth, Southfield, Franklin, Beverly Hills, and Farmington Hills.

Our Happy Patients

"Dr. Shlafer became my dentist 2 years ago when my fiance at the time recommended I use his dentist. From the initial consultation, I knew Dr Shlafer would be my long term dentist. Dr Shalfer and his team were very thorough which showed that they truly cared about my dental health. I highly recommend Dr. Shlafer."

Miller Yvonne Miller

"The staff here is stellar. I've been going here for years now and have never had a bad experience. The women at the desk greet everyone by name, and the doctor remembers everything you tell him about yourself. Everyone here knows what they're doing, a trip here is never a hassle, and they'll always keep your best interest in mind."

Marc B Marc B.

"Dr. Shlafer and staff are absolutely fabulous. So incredibly friendly and accommodating and Dr. is so gentle and very comforting. The office atmosphere is very relaxing as well!"

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